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West Valley Central School reveals top five graduates

Alexander Fuller
Taylor Williams
Kristen Kowalski
Jessica Baker
Marcus Enser
[photo1Marcus Enser
Marcus Enser, the son of Christopher and Michelle Enser, is the valedictorian of the West Valley Central School Class of 2013, with a weighted grade point average of 102.3 percent. He has taken several college-level courses offered at WVCS, including advanced placement biology and advanced placement calculus, as well as classes in micro-computer applications, personal finance, accounting and fundamentals, economics and Web publishing, all of which were offered through Jamestown Community College.

Marcus Enser was a member of the National Junior Honor Society and has been a member of the National Honor Society. He served as president of that organization, this year, and won the Outstanding Member Award, as well as the James Doyle Scholarship. Enser has been a member of the student council and served as president, for the last two years. He is also a member of the International Connections Club and has been a student mentor, for three years. Enser is the vice president of the class of 2013.

Enser participated in basketball, baseball and varsity soccer. He was recognized as the sportsmanship representative for the varsity basketball team and also was the winner of the Roger Crandall Heart and Hustle Award. He was also the West Valley representative for the Big 30 Scholar Athlete Team, for the 2012 – 13 school year.

Enser will be studying social sciences at Niagara University in the fall, on a Presidential Scholarship.

[photo2]Jessica Baker
Jessica Baker, the daughter of Jim and Jane Baker, is the salutatorian of the class of 2013, with a weighted grade point average of 102.22.

She has taken several college-level courses offered by JCC at WVCS: AP calculus, AP biology, Web publishing, micro-computer applications, personal finance, contemporary economics and accounting fundamentals. In addition to JCC courses, she also completed a class in public health and nutrition at John Hopkins University.

Throughout high school, Jessica Baker was president of her class, for four years; was a National Honor Society member and president of the International Connections Club. She participated in student council, Students Against Destructive Decisions, academic challenge, shared decision-making, marching band, jazz band, concert band, soccer, basketball and track.

She took music lessons with David Sullivan and participated in the Fredonia Summer Music Festival. She has performed in both All County and Area All State.

Baker was named to the WNY Scholar Athlete Team and volunteered for the City Mission of Buffalo, service learning and mentoring, Habitat for Humanity and the Baltimore Community Pantry.

Baker received an honorable mention to the WNY Top 100 Students, this year, received the Scholastic Excellence Award and was a recipient of the Cattaraugus County Youth Bureau’s Citizenship Award. She has been awarded a Navy ROTC scholarship and will be pursuing a degree in sciences at the University of Rochester.

[photo3]Kristen Kowalski
Kristen Kowalski, the daughter of Stephen and Patricia Kowalski, is third in her class, with a weighted grade point average of 101.46. She has taken AP calculus and AP biology, as well as microcomputer applications, personal finance, contemporary economic problems, accounting and Web publishing, through JCC.

She was a member of National Honor Society, International Connections Club, color guard and mentoring and service learning. She played varsity soccer, for four years, and was named the most improved player, in 2010, as well as a scholar athlete. Kristen Kowalski also participated in varsity track and field, for a year, and was part of the All County Band.

Kowalski will attend Jamestown Community College in the fall, for liberal arts. She said she plans to eventually attend a four-year college.

[photo4]Taylor Williams

Taylor Williams, the daughter of Timothy and Sheryl Williams, is fourth in her class, with a weighted grade point average of 100.61. She has completed AP calculus and AP biology, as well as JCC courses in micro-computer applications, personal finance, Web publishing and contemporary economic problems.

Taylor Williams participated in the National Honor Society, International Connections Club, mentoring and service learning, West Valley vocalists, color guard, the student council, varsity soccer and varsity track and field.

She received the sportsmanship award for soccer, in 2010, as well as a Scholar Athlete Award. Williams also participated in the All County Chorus and All County band, for two years.

Williams said she plans to study speech language pathology at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

[photo5]Alexander Fuller
Alexander Fuller, the son of Michael and Sally Fuller, is fifth in his class, with a weighted grade point average of 99.96. He has taken AP biology and AP calculus, as well as accounting and fundamentals, personal finance, economics, Web publishing and micro-computer applications, through JCC, where he was on the dean’s list.

Alexander Fuller was a member of the National Honor Society, International Connections Club, Students Against Destructive Decisions, shared decision-making, the academic challenge team, concert and marching band. He was class secretary, for the past six years. He also played varsity football, soccer, basketball and track and was a Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association Division III honorable mention all star for soccer, won the coach’s award for track and was given a scholar athlete honorable mention, for varsity basketball.

He played with the concert band at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Fuller was awarded the United States Department of Energy/New York State Energy Research & Development Authority Science Award for Earth science, living environment and chemistry. He attended American Legion Boys State. He will study biochemistry at the University of Buffalo.




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